What’s the Difference Between 24 AWG, 26 AWG and 28 AWG Network Cables?

When shopping for Cat5e, Cat6 or Cat6a network cables, you may notice an AWG specification printed on the cable jacket, like 24 AWG. The AWG stands for American Wire Gauge, a standardized system for describing the diameter of the individual conductors (wires) that make up a cable. To understand the differences between similar network cables with different AWG sizes, let’s take a look at what wire gauge means. [Read more…]

How to Connect a Tablet to an External Monitor, Flat-Screen TV or Projector

A tablet is an incredibly useful device that can boost your productivity, keep you in touch with family and friends or entertain you with movies and games. Although tablets are not a complete replacement for a laptop (yet), they can do more with a little help.

Wouldn’t it be nice to view video on a larger screen, like an external monitor or a flat-screen TV? Or even send video to a projector? Well, you can do all of these things by using the video port on your tablet. But to do so requires a little homework—chances are the video port on your tablet doesn’t match the video input on your monitor, TV or projector.

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7 Solutions for Powering, Protecting and Controlling Your Video Surveillance System

Security Camera, CCTV on location, airport

Video surveillance is big business. A March 2017 report published by MarketsandMarkets, an international market research firm that serves 1,700 Fortune organizations worldwide, values the video surveillance market at $30.4 billion last year and projects that number to reach $75.6 billion by 2022.

Whether you use your video surveillance system to protect your assets, monitor employee behavior, deter tampering and theft, or lower your insurance rates, you want to be sure it’s reliable. Video surveillance systems can be vulnerable to power problems, such as blackouts, brownouts, surges, and line noise, that can disrupt security cameras and corrupt data. Here are seven solutions to help your system remain functioning at its full potential 24/7. [Read more…]

E-Rate: How School Districts Can Benefit

Did you know funding opportunities are available for school districts seeking to bridge the technology gap and meet the needs of digital learning in the 21st century? Also known as E-Rate, it is one of the nation’s largest programs supporting technology development in education today. [Read more…]

5 Essential Tools for the Tech-Savvy Business Traveler

According to the U.S. Travel Association, Americans logged 457.4 million “person-trips” for business purposes last year, a person-trip defined as “one person on a trip away from home overnight in paid accommodations or on a day or overnight trip to places 50 miles or more [one-way] from home.”

For many of you, the work doesn’t take a coffee break when you leave the office. There’s always one more email to send, one more report to look over, one more spreadsheet to complete. To avoid missing critical deadlines while you’re on the go, you’ve got to stay plugged in. And to do that, you need these essential devices to keep you organized and productive. [Read more…]